Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com.
ARLINGTON, Texas — It had a chance to change the game and make history, but Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Manny Margot’s attempted steal of home in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night fell short, as he was tagged out just before getting his hand in safely.
The run would have tied the score at 3, but instead, the out ended the inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers went on to win the game 4-2.
“I thought I was really close,” Margot said through an interpreter afterward. “I really didn’t know where they touched me. They didn’t challenge.”
Replays showed Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes barely getting the tag down on Margot’s left hand after pitcher Clayton Kershaw stepped off the rubber and fired home, though the throw was a bit outside. Margot had been taking huge leads throughout the entire sequence after reaching third base with no outs. But he was still there with two down before attempting the dramatic play.
“It was 100 percent my decision,” Margot said. “I thought it was a good idea at the time. I had a pretty good chance of being safe.
“From the first pitch to KK [Kevin Kiermaier], I knew they weren’t paying too much attention to me, so I thought I had a chance. Obviously it didn’t work out that way.”
Kiermaier was at the plate with two outs and two on after Margot walked and stole second, reaching third on an error by second baseman Chris Taylor. Hunter Renfroe followed with a walk, but Joey Wendle popped up and Willy Adames struck out, setting the stage for the attempted steal.
“I was a little surprised,” Kiermaier said. “It was a gutsy move and it didn’t work out that time. Manny is a great baserunner. He’s not afraid to take risks. I didn’t have a problem with it. … It takes a lot of guts to sit here and try that in the World Series. It just didn’t work out.”
Rays manager Kevin Cash was more annoyed by the fact that Margot was still on third base after getting there with no outs. Since it wasn’t a planned play, Renfroe didn’t take off from first base, which could have distracted the left-handed Kershaw. With his back to Margot, he wasn’t able to pick up the steal attempt until the last second.
“That has happened to me before,” Kershaw said. “I wasn’t really anticipating it, but I have talked to first basemen in the past, [Max] Muncy, I have talked to him about it as well like, ‘Hey, I look at him [initially] but when I come set I don’t really see the runner so you got to yell at me if they start going.’ And he was yelling at me, step off step off step off. So instinctually I just did it. It was a big out for us right there.”
The last time a player attempted to steal home in a World Series game was in 1982. The last successful straight steal of home in the World Series was in 1955 by Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
“I know Kershaw has the high hand set,” Cash said. “I think Manny felt he could just time him up. … I think we try to do things and make decisions and allow players to be athletic. If Manny felt he had a read on it, for whatever reason, it’s tough for me to say yes or no, just because he’s a talented baserunner. He might be seeing something I’m not or can’t appreciate in the moment right there.”
Cash called the entire inning “frustrating,” and was asked if in a perfect world Renfroe would have taken off from first to help create chaos.
“In a perfect world he’s safe,” the Rays manager said with a smirk.
The Dodgers lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 on Tuesday.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Of all the players to lead the Arizona Cardinals to an overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks, it was one of the most unlikely.
Rookie linebacker Isaiah Simmons intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with 1 minute, 4 seconds left in overtime on his fourth snap of the game. Simmons didn’t play in the first half.
That led to Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez redeeming himself after missing the potential winning field goal earlier in overtime, making a 48-yard kick with 20 seconds left in the extra period to give Arizona a 37-34 win while handing the Seahawks their first loss of the season.
Arizona improved to 5-2, holding on to second place in the NFC West with the 4-2 Los Angeles Rams playing Monday night. Seattle leads the division at 5-1.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury nearly cost the Cardinals the game earlier in overtime when he iced Gonzalez with 2:47 left on second-and-15. Gonzalez made the initial kick but it didn’t count, then he missed the next one.
Then came Simmons’ pick.
It was just another typical Cardinals-Seahawks game — full of drama, twists and turns.
Both teams combined for 1,091 yards — 572 by Seattle and 519 by Arizona.
Kyler Murray threw for 360 yards, three touchdowns and an interception on 34-for-48 passing. He also had 67 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
DeAndre Hopkins had 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Running back Chase Edmonds, who had two of the biggest plays in overtime, caught all seven of his targets for 87 yards. Larry Fitzgerald had 62 yards while catching all eight of his targets.
The game was moved to Sunday night amid concerns the Buccaneers-Raiders game might have to be postponed because of a positive coronavirus test on the Raiders and additional players being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a result of contact tracing.
Injuries and news we’re monitoring around the league on this Week 7 Sunday:
Tennessee Titans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is questionable to return after leaving the game in the third quarter. Clowney made a trip to the medical tent before returning to the sideline but has yet to return. Cornerback Kristian Fulton is also questionable to return with a knee injury.
Washington Football Team safety Landon Collins (ankle) has been ruled out the rest of the game vs. the Cowboys. Collins was seen in the blue tent on the sideline but a cart was needed to take him off the field.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton was knocked out of the game after sustaining a brutal hit by Washington linebacker Jon Bostick. Dalton was motionless on the turf before regaining his senses and being helped to the locker room. Bostick was ejected from the game for the hit. Ben DiNucci entered the game for the Cowboys at QB.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham has been ruled out the rest of the game vs. the Bengals after sustaining a knee injury. Beckham was injured while attempting to make a tackle after Baker Mayfield’s first-quarter interception. Beckham limped to the locker room after the play and didn’t return.
The Cincinnati Bengals offensive line is taking a hit vs. the Browns with tackle Jonah Williams (neck) and center Trey Hopkins (concussion) exiting the game. Both have since been ruled out.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage (knee) is questionable to return vs. the Lions after leaving the game in the first quarter.
New York Jets defensive end Kyle Phillips was carted off the field in the second quarter with an ankle injury and has been ruled out.
Carolina Panthers left tackle Russell Okung sustained a calf injury in the second half vs. the Saints and is doubtful to return.
New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead (arm) exited the game in the second quarter and is questionable to return.
Houston Texans cornerback Bradley Roby (knee) has been ruled out of the second half vs. the Packers.
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Tampa Bay Rays rookie Randy Arozarena became the first player to hit nine home runs in a single postseason after taking Los Angeles Dodgers starter Julio Urias deep to right field in the fourth inning of Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night.
Arozarena, 25, already owns the rookie hit record for a single postseason, set in Game 3, while breaking a four-way tie for most home runs.
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager also homered in Game 4 and has eight this postseason.
Arozarena also owns the record for total bases in a single postseason. He singled to lead off the sixth inning Saturday night, tying Pablo Sandoval for most hits by any player in one postseason.
The 2020 playoffs featured an extra round, meaning Arozarena is playing in his 18th playoff game already.
Nelson Cruz, Carlos Beltran and Barry Bonds are the three other players — along with Seager — to hit eight home runs in a single postseason.
Alabama wideout and return specialist Jaylen Waddle is out for the season after suffering a lower leg injury during the opening kickoff of Saturday’s game against Tennessee.
“He’s out for the year,” coach Nick Saban said. “And it’s a shame because the guy’s a great player. It’s exciting for college football to see a guy play like that. I hate it that he gets hurt on a play like that. You’re not supposed to bring a ball out when you’re that deep in the end zone. But he’s a great player, so you’ve got to let him use his judgment.”
Waddle, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, limped off the field while favoring his right ankle and was taken to the locker room on a cart. The CBS telecast later showed him being loaded into an ambulance.
The junior from Houston caught 25 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns through four games this season. He is No. 12 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board of NFL draft prospects.
With Waddle sidelined, Alabama turned to Slade Bolden as the team’s third receiver. Bolden, who hadn’t caught a pass this season, had receptions on each of Alabama’s first two drives against Tennessee.
LONDON — WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said Saturday that he plans to fight in London on Dec. 5, but his opponent is unknown.
“I’d just like to announce I’m definitely fighting December the 5th in London. Opponent to be announced very, very soon,” Fury said in a video message posted on his social media accounts. “Just working on some opponents. Let you all know who it’s going to be shortly.”
Fury and his co-promoter Frank Warren recently expressed doubt that a third fight with American Deontay Wilder would happen in 2020.
Fury claimed the WBC belt off Wilder with a seventh-round stoppage in February, after their draw in 2018.
A fight between undefeated Michael Conlan and former WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe has been agreed upon for Dec. 5 at Royal Albert Hall in London. That fight is expected to be part of the Fury card, sources told ESPN’s Steve Kim.
Fury, 32, announced in June that he had agreed to a two-fight deal with Anthony Joshua. The sides said that the first bout could take place in 2021 in what would be an all-British showdown between the current holders of the heavyweight belts.
Joshua is scheduled to fight Kubrat Pulev on Dec. 12 at the O2 Arena in London. The fight was postponed from June because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Arizona received its notice of allegations from the NCAA, the school announced on Friday. It provided no further information.
“In order to protect the integrity of the ongoing enforcement process, the University is not releasing the NOA at this time,” the school said.
Arizona Board of Regents Chair Larry E. Penley released a statement shortly after the school’s announcement.
“The Arizona Board of Regents will meet in executive session next week to discuss the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations issued to the University of Arizona,” the statement read. “The board recognizes that the issuance by the NCAA of a Notice of Allegations is another step in its comprehensive enforcement process. Maintaining the integrity of the process, while frustratingly slow, has been and remains essential and we look forward to an expeditious resolution.
“The board has confidence in President [Robert C.] Robbins and his commitment to the highest integrity in academic and athletic matters.”
Arizona’s men’s basketball program has been under investigation stemming from the 2017 FBI investigation into college basketball. Former Arizona assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson pleaded guilty in 2019 to accepting $20,000 in bribes from aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins in order to steer players to Dawkins once they turned pro.
During Dawkins’ trial, prosecutors played a call in which Richardson told Dawkins that Arizona head coach Sean Miller was paying $10,000 a month for former player Deandre Ayton.
“But see, your boy [Miller] promised that he was gonna let [us] work on that deal,” Dawkins told Richardson during the call. “So we’ll see how Sean plays it out. You know what I’m saying? We’ll see if he’s a man of his word. ‘Cause he brought it up to me.”
“Yeah, ’cause he need help,” Richardson responded. “You know what he doing per month? I told you. Ten.”
“Yeah, that’s what I’m saying,” Dawkins said. “He’s putting up some real money for them [players]. He told me he’s getting killed.”
Miller has consistently denied paying players to attend Arizona.
“I have never knowingly violated NCAA rules while serving as head coach of this great program,” he said at a news conference in 2018. “I have never paid a recruit, prospect or their family or representative to come to Arizona, and I never will.”
Judge Terry O’Connor will not face any disciplinary action in relation to Lewis Ritson’s controversial win over Miguel Vazquez, after the British Boxing Board of Control cleared him of using a phone while scoring the fight.
Ritson received a split decision win over Vazquez on October 17, with O’Connor scoring the super-lightweight bout widely in the Newcastle fighter’s favour.
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A picture later emerged on social media which purportedly showed O’Connor looking at a phone during the fight in Peterborough.
However, after investigating the matter, the BBBofC says it is satisfied O’Connor was “not in possession of any telephone or handheld device whilst carrying out his duties as a judge”.
A BBBofC statement read: “British Boxing Board of Control Judge Mr. Terry O’Connor appeared before the Stewards of the Board to discuss his performance at the tournament held on 17th October 2020 at the East of England Showground Arena, Peterborough.
“Allegations made on social media and the print media as to Mr. O’Connor using a mobile telephone or similar handheld device were considered.
“Following extensive consideration of footage and Mr. O’Connor’s evidence supplied, the Stewards are satisfied that Mr. O’Connor was not in possession of any telephone or handheld device whilst carrying out his duties as a judge in the contest between Lewis Ritson and Miguel Vazquez and his scoring of said bout was not affected in any way.
“In addition, Mr. O’Connor’s scoring of the bout was considered and whilst judging a contest is subjective and following Mr. O’Connor’s explanation of how he scored the bout, the Stewards are satisfied that Mr. O’Connor’s final score reflected his own opinion of the contest.”
O’Connor scored the fight 117-111 for Ritson, with fellow judge Michael Alexander also favouring the British fighter 115-113.
The third judge, Marcus McDonnell, scored the fight 116-113 in favour of Vazquez and Ritson’s promoter Eddie Hearn admitted afterwards that he thought the Mexican had done enough to win.
“Watching from home and felt Vazquez deserved the win there,” Hearn tweeted.
Ritson, meanwhile, played down talk of a potential future fight against former WBA super-lightweight champion Regis Prograis, who lost to British fighter Josh Taylor in October last year.
“We got the win but it showed where we are. Call out Regis Prograis? I think we’ve got a little while before we get to them,” said Ritson.
“That was an eye-opener. We are world fringe level.”
PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles did it again, roaring back late in the game to upend the New York Giants 22-21 and put themselves in the driver’s seat in the lowly NFC East.
In the process, they extended their winning streak over the Giants to eight games.
Wentz led a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter after struggling for much of the night, and put the Eagles ahead with a beauty of a pass to running back Boston Scott down the right sideline for an 18-yard touchdown with 40 seconds left.
He finished 25-of-43 for 359 yards with three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and an interception.
Wentz has had a sometimes bumpy start to the season — his 10 interceptions through seven games is the most by an Eagles quarterback since Sam Bradford in 2015 — but he has picked up the pace over the past three games, and continues to show a penchant for late-game success.
The win was reminiscent of the Eagles’ Week 14 win over the Giants last year, in which they overcame a 17-3 deficit to win 23-17 in overtime. That kick-started a four-game winning streak that put the Eagles in the playoffs.
They could be on a similar trajectory this season despite their 2-4-1 record. According to the ESPN Power Football Index, their chances of winning the division shot up to 61% with the win.
The Eagles’ defense generated three turnovers, including a Brandon Graham strip sack of Daniel Jones late in the game to seal the victory.